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and they sent another page, you can either stay with us or go on the exchange. they said, do not worry, you have plenty of time. that in the past, you know what a cancellation notice was? you are no longer eligible for insurance, good luck. that was the old cancellation notice. you have choices and options. so again, i see the people have to take a deep breath and wait to get more people to understand what is going on. now, i must say there was a story the other day in the paper about somebody who said now i have to take this policy that covers maternity care. my wife and i are not having any more children. why should i have to have a policy that covers maternity care? i got to thinking about that. i thought, you know what? maybe because my wife and i do not have any more children and they are grown up, maybe i should not have to pay property taxes to pay for my local schools.
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huh? why should i worry about it? maybe only people who have kids going to the public school should pay for it. we are better than that in this country. we are talking about being part of our society. it is to our benefit, my wife and i, to support our local schools because that is our next generation, we want them well taught. same with health care. it is a values system. i am indebted to senator warren for mentioning that. no one will be left without insurance. no one will have to wait before they get advanced: or prostate or breast cancer before they can go to the emergency room and get help. that is the new value system. we are not turning back. fix the problems, move ahead,
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but let's aggressively get people enrolled in the system and have a new value system of health care in america. i've used up my time, mr. alexander. >> thank you, ms. tavenner, for being here today. the chairman is describing the fundamental differences we have had for the last four years. i think it involves by expanding this is that we already knew cost too much and the result is increasing premiums for millions, canceling insurance plans for millions, destroying relationships with doctors for millions, raising taxes by millions, spending money on new programs instead of investing in medicare to make it more solvent, and encouraging employers to work to have their employees work 30 hours and set
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of 40. that is not the values system that i support. we have a different approach, which would say let's encourage competition, let's encourage choices, and let's try to make health care cheaper so people can actually afford it. but that is our fundamental difference. may ask you, ms. tavenner, don't you know with the improvements with a website how many people are trying to sign up every day for obamacare, how many are succeeding, what their level of insurance that they are buying is, don't you actually know that now? >> that is the information that we are putting together and we will have available next week. >> next week? >> mid november. >> you're going to release it once? why don't you release a daily?
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>> we have said long before the program went live that we would to its similar to how do medicaid, medicare. >> this is different, these are people making decisions, people who will lose their insurance starting january, that have to sign up by december 15 -- >> that is all the reason to do it monthly, because people can decide to go in and out and have to decide to make payments until december. >> the people who need to know about it are the members of congress. let's say i'm a governor in a state that has not decided whether to respond medicaid. i want to know if 90% of going on medicaid or whether it is 80% or 70%. if we get a how many hamburgers and cars and records are being sold every day, why can't we know how many people are enrolling in obamacare? it is such a success, wouldn't that promote the success in the program, build confidence in the program?
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>> we will have that information next week. >> but that is once. why do we have it every day? you know it now, right? >> we are in the process of putting that information together. >> we are the congress and we are entitled to know answers to these questions so we can make our judgments about what to do. so our governors and consumers across america. >> i understand. >> as far as the example i used, emily from tennessee, isn't it true that the covered tennessee program was canceled by obamacare, the case of washington saying that insurance is not good enough so you cannot buy it anymore? >> i do not think it was canceled by obamacare. the insurance company made a decision to cancel a policy and offers something else. >> this is a letter from the
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state this is covered tennessee will not be available starting january 1. this affects all covered tenn members. the new federal health care law will bring many changes, including new coverage options for tennessee. the obamacare said if the law had maximum limits, if you did not meet the standard for maximum limits, you cannot offer that insurance anymore. that is the law. it is case, for 60,000 people, obamacare said that insurance is not good enough for you and emily has to pay $6,000 more. >> we have been down this issue before. they could have been grandfathered in -- >> the law says that if the state program does not meet the maximum limits, it is outlawed. does the law not state that? >> for new plans. i would have to -- >> for all plans -- >> there would be the opportunity for all plans to be
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grandfathere in. >> the law says if the plan does not eat the maximum limits, the plan cannot be offered -- >> you're talking about lifetime limits. >> that is correct. >> i will be glad to -- >> obamacare outlawed that plan. why don't we put the president's word into law and say if you like your plan you can keep it. my time is up. thank you, mr. chairman. >> senator baldwin. >> thank you, and i thank you for staying around for a second round of questions. when i had my first opportunity, we were talking about the situation in the state of wisconsin. we are hearing a lot of people
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reference this idea if you like your insurance plan, you can keep it. in the state of wisconsin, a lot of people like badger care, but because of the decision of our governor, having nothing to do with what congress did years ago, 92,000 people who may really like their health care plan are being kicked off. because of this i really think it is a shared responsibility to figure out how to most effectively help these 92,000 people transition from badger care to participate and enroll in the federal exchange. i wanted to ask the companion questions, if there is a shared responsibility, what specific steps can the administration take to insure that these individuals are enrolled as soon as possible, but also that options are available to the
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state of wisconsin to eliminate the risk of losing this badger care medicaid coverage january 1? >> let me take that in reverse order. wisconsin had the ability to have expanded medicaid at no cost. about 25 states have elected to do medicaid expansion, including many republican states. but obviously wisconsin was not one of those very and so what we are trying to do is we are working, we will work with the state of wisconsin, with the medicaid office to identify those individuals and make sure they are aware of what is available on the exchange. there is a cost to that, so you get into the issues of subsidy and this sort of thing, but we will try to work with the state doubt these people, at least identify what is available to them. >> what sort of means? earlier, you asked sort of questions about how do you target young people? how do you target these 92,000 people, and what is the state's role?
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>> obviously, the state knows who these individuals are, so they will be able to send them information. what we are doing is asking wisconsin to give us a plan on how they can do that. it is a shared responsibility. we will try to help. >> i would have to say as commentary before the exchange opened, a letter went out from the state, and you were mentioning that the state is aware of who these people are. it basically said someone in your household may eat on badger care and may be losing it. that type of information in my mind is not adequate to assure that people do not have a lapse in their coverage. my other question in my
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remaining time relates to the experiences of those states in the country in the early phases of this marketplace, what is their experience versus states in the federal exchange like wisconsin in enrollment people, what comparisons can you make at this point, and can the 36 states that rely on healthcare.gov and the federal exchange expects similar results when the technical issues with the website are fully worked out? >> yes, i think we would obviously expect similar results to what the states are seeing. i think we have released the formation around applications submitted. some states have talked about that publicly, and that is part of what we will release next week. if you look at texas, for the, there are some large states with people who are uninsured. >> with regard to the state- based exchanges, marketplaces, can you talk about any of the successes they have had or challenges in the early phases of enrollment? >> many of you have read about kentucky.
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kentucky has been a successful state. was on the medicaid side and on the exchange side. their governor has been obviously 100% behind this. he has led the effort. and so they have released numbers publicly, and i can get you those. washington was another, new york, california. this will be part of what will be reported next week. >> thank you, senator. >> thank you, mr. chairman. since you began a story, let me talk about mr. hood who lives close to me in north carolina.
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he now pays three and $24 a month for a plan with a $10,000 deductible. under the new law, the comparable plan for next year's just a paid 820 five dollars per month with an $11,000 family deductible. their annual health payment would almost double from working thousand dollars to $24,000. and he is unlikely to be eligible for a subsidy. let me suggest that the reason that congress has covered this so thoroughly is this could be a hell of a lot easier. i would remind the chairman that dr. coburn and i came up with an alternate bill. we were denied the ability to amend on the floor of the united states senate and to offer an alternative. and that alternative took care of pre-existing conditions.
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it kept children on their insurance of their parents'. encompass many of the things that republicans and democrats alike about the affordable care act, but it did not get into a large top-down government- designed program that x winners and losers. and when you can have stories that are as passionate as yours and mine, clearly the system we have designed picks the winners and losers. it is not individuals americans who get to choose what they want, how much exposure or how much benefit. in other words, their health- care coverage matches their age, their health condition, and their pocketbook, and that is not what this does. let me ask you, what is the target enrollment for the end of november for the exchange? >> for the end of november? >> yes, ma'am. >> we were looking at between october and november, i think
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that number was i want to say around 800,000. >> on april 1 of 2014, insurers are to begin submitting bids for the 2015 plans. an extension was granted on enrollment to march 31. for many americans, they will not sign up until next year. considering that insurers will have no experience or very little to go on, which is to base their quotations on 2015, what accommodations will you make to make sure that insurers make informed decisions? >> the open enrollment period, we work in cooperation with insurers, so we think they will have the information necessary. >> between april 1 and april 27, 2014, they will have to submit their costs for their plans for the 2015 plan year? >> they would submit that over the second quarter of 2014, yes. >> without much experience of what the plan --
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>> they will have the experience that they have had for the first four or five months, he yes. >> there are many people who are not required to sign up until march 31. that is the month before april. in other words, a day before they start submitting. you said earlier in your testimony that all the fixes done by cgi would be required without additional fees, and that is in a cost plus contract. can you assure the committee that there will be nothing on the plus side, that the federal government pays to cgi for their repairs on a website contract? >> the cost-plus contract is already paid or planned for payment through march of 2014. so i am sure that that is a contract that they will operate under, yes.
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>> i am asking a very specific question. there is a plus waste part of the contract. i am sure the plus aced deal with additional work done over the scope, over the stated scope of the contract clearly. fixing this exchange was not part of the contract. >> it is required, there were, in their existing contract. they have to fix their problems. >> know that many of us will be looking at the statements made on the plus side to see if in fact we are paying cgi for their individuals to fix a website that they were contracted to produce for the federal government. again, i thank you for the work you've done on this. i know this is not fun to come up and answer the question. i would say the moral of the story is the more we share upfront, which we have not on the affordable care act, the
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more informed all members are. thank you, mr. chairman. >> thank you very much, senator. thank you very much for being here and being forthright in your answers. i thought this was a good session. i think you and your staff understand some concerns that both sides have on this. i think there were legitimately good questions pertaining to that aspect of it. of course, as my friend from tennessee points out, we still have philosophical differences on this issue. there are some points to take on which both sides agree that we need to ensure, get fixed going forward, and i think we have started on those quite forthrightly. thank you very much, and as i said, the record will stay open 10 days for other statements and questions. thank you, ms. tavenner. the committee will stand adjourned. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] [captioning performed by national captioning institute]
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coverage includes kathleen sebelius before the senate finance committee. she will be talking about the health care website and other issues elated to implementing the health care of all. she said problems with the health care website will be fixed by the end of this month. that is live at 2:00 eastern. a governmental affairs sub committee looks at hurricane sandy relief efforts a year after the storm. >> in a race closer expected, terry mcauliffe defeated ken cuccinelli. --
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he spoke to supporters in virginia. ♪ thank you. think you. thank you. "terry"]anting >> thank you. what a great night, everybody.
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you know, over the past few started speeches thinking a lot of political figures but i am so glad tonight the first thing they are introducing me is my best friends and my wife, dorothy. [applause] you to know a few weeks ago we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. when we decided to do this campaign, we decided together, because we understood it was a journey we were all going to have to take together. dorsey, i could not be happier than to have you standing by my side tonight. thank you, golf. -- doll. [applause] and to our five children who
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have been involved in this campaign since day one, i want to thank dori, jack tom mary, sally, and peter. [applause] all seven of us are so incredibly grateful to the most teamng volunteers and leaders ever assembled in the history of the governor's campaign. [applause] just as i walked appear, they .ave me the final numbers since january you have not on 2.5 million doors and the commonwealth of virginia. you have to pause for a second to comprehend such a large
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number. the truth is that i got a lot of my energy from seeing you all working so hard. when i came to a campus kickoff or phone bank, i saw so many of me going me up, kept 100% during those 16 hour days. thank you. we love you, and you are spec pakula. [applause] i know all of you gave up time from your family because you believe this election was so important. think you so much, and i want all of you here who worked so hard since this campaign began to give yourself an enormous round of applause. [applause] i want to thank, and i do not have words to really express,
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but i want to thank my extraordinary campaign staff, particularly the field team for what they did to break records all over virginia. give yourself a great round of applause. [applause] i also want to thank the absolutely historic number of republicans who crossed hearty lines to support me. messengers forul our main street campaign. thank you. importantly, i want to thank the voters of virginia who went out and voted for us today. from lee county to virginia each to winchester, thank you for what you did to help us get elect did to governor for the commonwealth of virginia. [applause]
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tests -- thishe has been a hard-fought race, part of it the nature of politics, and part of it is the attorney general and i had very big inferences on very important issues. let me say this, i think every person in virginia is glad the tv advertisements are now over. i know that passions are high, but i think it is important to that while the attorney general and i have a lot of differences, he is a principled man who has sacrificed an enormous amount of time away from his family. ken cuccinellik for his service and dedication to the commonwealth of virginia. her jillions and americans have
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seen contentious focus -- contentious races before and every time we come together to pursue the common good. one particularly famous virginian confronted a very bitterly divided electorate after the presidential election in 1800. but instead of relishing his victory or governing only for his supporters, thomas jefferson devoted much of his first inaugural event -- success to bridging the partisan divide. he said, let every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. we have called by different names, brethren of the same principle. 213 years later, the truth is that difference of opinion are principled or gold.
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most democrats and virginians want to make agenda a model for pragmatic leadership that is friendly to job creation. a model for strong schools that prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow. welcoming the best and prior -- brightest scientists and innovators in a matter race, religion or whom you love. a model for an efficient transportation system that reduces gridlock for our families and business. all of this is only possible if forinia is also the model
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bipartisan cooperation. view i share with the next lieutenant governor ralph northrup. while there are a lot of proud democrat and aren't we proud tonight, folks? [applause] proud to particularly welcome him all the republicans here tonight. give them a great round of applause. , the truth is this election was never a choice between democrats and republicans, a choice about whether virginia would continue the mainstream bipartisan tradition that has served us so well over the past decade at a time when washington was often broken. just think about what virginia
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has been able to accomplish when we work together. under governor mark warner to preserve the aaa bond rating and made us the single largest investment in k-12 education in virginia in history. [applause] kaine we were tim honored as the best state to do business, the best spanish states and prudently graded -- guided us through the great recession. this, under governor bob mcdonald, the unemployment is one of the lowest on the east passed thend we have first transportation funding in 27 years with bipartisan support. now, during the next four years it will be my obligation and
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honored to continue the tradition. to get started, over the next three months i will work hard to reach out to every single republican in the general assembly. i want to listen to them, work with them so we can advance our shared goals. [applause] the economic challenges facing virginia are daunting. sequestration for another year and more federal budget cuts on the horizon. for those of you who know me well, i believe a daunting challenge is always a great opportunity. working together we will protect the jobs we have, but we will work to diversify the economy. first is work worse training. is to, the best part visit every single, all 20 three
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community colleges and the commonwealth of virginia. whomeet people of all ages are gaining new skills for a new economy in finding opportunity to simplify and do what we need to do to make sure we have jobs of the 21st century. they are the true engines of workforce development and we have reduced funding by 40%. we need to make sure we are investing in the education system. when you take average virginia virginia pay, we went 50 out of 50 states. we need to work together to pay teachers what they deserve in the commonwealth of virginia. [applause] 80% of the brain is developed between birth and three years old, we need to make sure we are investing in early childhood development.
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also, the passage of a funding bill is only the first step in addressing the critical transportation problem that we face in virginia. over the next four years he have to prove to the taxpayers that we can spend their money effectively and efficiently to reduce congestion and create economic act vividly. months, wecoming face a critical moment on the medicaid expansion. it was perhaps the clearest issue that voters had during this election. but again, this wasn't really a partisan choice. instead, a bipartisan coalition of democrats and republicans, business groups and hospitals, have said that we need to accept the medicaid expansion and bring virginia's taxpayer money back to virginia.
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throughout this campaign, i have listened to the concerns of republican friends. that's why i'm committed to finding consensus on how to reform and expand medicaid. and whether it's education, transportation, or health care, it is critical that we move forward in a way that's fiscally responsible. virginia has a national reputation for strong fes call manage and that's something i'm deeply committed to sustaining. finally, i want to say something specifically to the hundreds of thousands of supporters of ken cucinelli and mr. sardis and i know that the hundreds of thousands of you that you worked so hard and i know tonight is not easy. i've been involved in a lot of companies that didn't succeed.
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including my own race for governor in 2009. i understand that emotions are raw. i have been there. i get it. so while i promise you tonight that i will be a governor for all virginians, the real test is my actions when i take office. i expect you to hold me to my pledge to work with both sides and i hope that once -- i hope that once we have started to make bipartisan progress on critical issues leek jobs, education, that i can earn your trust. virginia, thank you for the honor of electing me to serve as the 72nd governor of the commonwealth of virginia. thank you, god bless you, god bless the commonwealth of virginia and the united states of america.
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thank you. \["life is a highway" playing]
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in new jersey, chris christie easily reelected. he spoke to supporters for 20 minutes.
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>> well, well, well, how about this, new jersey! \[applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, tonight i stand here as your governor and i am so proud to be your governor. \[applause] born in newark, raised in livingston. made my wife from pennsylvania a real jersey girl. and raised our family right
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here, right here in this amazing state, i love just as much as my mother and father raised me to love it. you see, what people have never understood about us is that i didn't need any introduction to all of you. i know you. because i'm one of you. so tonight, first and foremost, i want to say, thank you, new jersey, for making me the luckiest guy in the world. and the only greatest honor and privilege -- greater honor and privilege of being a one-term governor of new jersey is to be a two-term governor of new jersey. you got to meet my kids again tonight.
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we're so proud of them, andrew, sara, patrick, bridget, i love you all. over the last four years, but especially this year, new jersey got to know what a special first lady they have. i love you, mary pat. i spoke to the senator a while ago she congratulated me and was very gracious. very gracious in her congratulations and i thanked her for a spirited company and for her 20 years of public service to the state. \[applause] now, we came to office four years ago we stood behind a podium like this, and said that people were tired of poll techs as usual, they wanted to get
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things done and we promised we were going to go to trenton and turn it upside down and i think we've done just that. the people of new jersey four years ago were down hearthed and dispirited. they didn't believe that government could work for them anymore. in fact, what they thought, what they thought was that government was just there to take from them but not to give to them. not to work with them, not to work for them. well, four years later, we stand here tonight, showing that it is tonight, showing that it is possible to put doing your job first, to put working together first, to fight for what you believe in yet still stand by your principles and get something done for the people who elected you.
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the biggest thing, the biggest thing i've learned over the last fur year -- four years about leadership is that leadership is much less about talking than it is about listening. about bringing people around the table. listening to each other. showing them respect. doing what needed to be done. to be able to bring people together and to achieve what we needed to achieve to move our state forward. now listen, i know that if we can do this in trenton, new jersey, maybe the folks in washington, d.c. should tune in their tv's right now. \[applause] listen, we're new jersey.
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we still fight. we still yell. but when we fight, we fight for those things that really matter in people's lives. and while we may not always agree, we show up. we show up everywhere. we don't show up just in the places that votes for us a lot, we show in the places that vote for us a little. we dent just show up in the places where we're comfortable, we show up in the places where we're uncomfortable. because when you lead you need to be there. you need to show up. you need to listen and then you need to act. you don't just show up six months before an election. you show up four years before one. and you don't just take no for an answer the first time no happens. you keep going back and trying more because when i was elected
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four years ago, i wasn't elected just by the people who voted for me. i was the governor of all the people. and tonight, overwhelmingly, those people have said, come onboard, it's fine here, let's have more people support the governor and now we have a big, big win tonight. what people have told me over the last four years is more than anything else, they want the truth. they want the truth. you know, we don't always agree with each other, new jersey. some folks don't agree with some of the things i do. certainly they don't agree with some of the things i say sometimes. but they know, they know they never have to wonder. they never have to wonder. when they walked into the voting booth today, they didn't say hey, i wonder who this guy is. and what he stands for. what he's willing to fight for. what he's willing to do when the chips are down.
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you can agree with me or disagree with me. but i will never stop leading the state i love. people across the country have asked me how it is we've been able to do what we've achieved. i'm reminded of a story that pastor joe carter of the new hope baptist church told just one week ago today on the one- year anniversary of hurricane sandy. he called what had happened in new jersey the last year the spirit of sandy. he spoke about people coming together. he said, when the lights went out, no one cared what color your skin was. he said, when you didn't have any food, no one cared whether it was a republican or a democrat offering you the food.
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when you didn't have a warm place for your family because of what happened in the storm, you didn't care if it was someone who thought that government should be big or small. at that moment, the spirit of sandy infected all of us. reverend carter was right. and he prayed that day that the spirit of sandy would stay with us well beyond the days that the recovery will take. my pledge to you tonight is that i will govern with the spirit of sandy. it's true of new jersey and all the people who live here, they're ready to live that way too. as your governor it's never mattered to me where someone was from, whether they voted for me
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or not, what the color of their sken was or their political party. for me, being governor has always been about getting the job done, first. that doesn't mean that we don't have principles. we have many of them. and we have stood and fought every day to cut taxes, to reduce the size of government spending, to reform pensions and benefits, to reform a broken education system, and to make sure we create opportunity again for new jerseyans. and for the next four years, for the next four years, we will fight to make those changes permanent and we will fight to make them bigger. i did not seek a second term to do small things. i sought a second term to finish
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the job. now watch me do it. i want to thank a few people in addition to my family before we go tonight. i want to tell you that i, over the last year, have had the greatest campaign team any governor could ever ask for. they ran a flawless campaign and i thank them for it. and i want to thank my cabinet and my senior staff who especially over the last year have worked tirelessly with me to help bring back -- bring back the great state of new jersey from the second worst natural disaster to ever hit this country. and i want to thank the second woman who said yes to me when i asked.
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and i want to thank the second woman who said yes to me when i asked. new jersey's great lieutenant governor, -- governor. \[applause] i used to tell folks all the time, that i have the greatest job in the world. that for a jersey kid to be governor of the state where you were born and raised is the greatest job you could ever have in your life and i loved it, every tai, i would get up and know i had a chance to do something great. i didn't do something great every day, but i had a chance every dito do something great
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for people i would probably never meet and certainly never know. but on october 29 of last year, that job changed. it's no longer a job for me. it's a mission. you see a mission is different than a job. a mission is something that's sacred. it's a sacred trust that was thrust upon me and you on october 29 of last year. and that mission, that mission is to make sure that everyone, everyone in new jersey who is affected by sandy, is returned to normalcy in their life and i want to promise you tonight, i will not let anyone, anything, any political party, any governmental entity, or any force get in between me and the completion of my mission. \[applause]
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you see, for those veterans out there tonight you know how sacred a mission is. sacredness of the mission of a soldier is that no one ever is left behind. no one is ever left behind on the battlefield. and on the battlefield that sandy turned this state into, new jerseyans will never leave any new jerseyan behind. i'm resoed to complete this mission, not because of me. but because of you. for the last year, i have had a lot of people ask me for hugs.
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a lot of people. you'll get your hug later, brother. and i can tell you this -- i guess there is open bar tonight, huh? welcome to new jersey. \[applause] people asked me for hugs to comfort them. people asked me for hugs to make sure i wouldn't forget them. people asked me for hugs just to know that the leader of the state cared about them. and people came up to me all the time in the aftermath and said to me, governor, where did you get the energy?
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where did you get the energy, day after day after day to do that? and i told them, you don't understand, do you? those hugs gave more to me than i could ever give back to them. they gave me hope and faith and optimism for our future. the people of new jersey have given me much more than i could ever hope to give back to them. they've given me hope, they've given me faith, and they've given me their trust. it is with that hope, with that optimism, that faith, and that trust that we together confront the next four years of opportunity for our state. i know that tonight, a dispirited america, angry with their dysfunctional government in washington --
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\[applause] looks to new jersey to say, is what i think happening, really happening? are people really coming together? are we really working, african- americans and hispanics, suburb anites and city dwellers,, farmers and teachers? are we really working together? let peme give the answer to everyone watching tonight, under this government our first job is to get the job done and as long as i'm governor that job will always, always be finished. \[applause] i think tonight
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i think tonight most particularly, and i know my dad and my brother and sister who are here tonight with me share this same view, i think tonight, most particularly about my mother. all of you who have heard me over the last four years know that she was and still is the dominant influence in my life. as i said on the video -- \[applause] as i said on the video, my mom used to say to me all the time, christopher, be yourself. because then tomorrow, you don't have to worry about trying to remember who you pretended to be yesterday. powerful words from a woman who
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i miss every day, but tonight, tonight, i know that my mom is looking down on new jersey and saying to me, i can feel it, she is saying to me, chris, the job is not done yet. get back to work and finish the job for the people of new jersey. that's exactly what i'll do. i love you, new jersey. thank you very much. \[applause]
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a couple of live events to tell you about today on our companion , c-span3. the senate judiciary committee holds a hearing on federal prisons. witnesses include the federal bureau of prisons president. the senate aging committee focuses on the transportation try -- transportation challenges faced by senior citizens. lex in a few moments, today's
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headlines in your calls live on washington journal. at 10:00 eastern, kathleen civilian this will testify before the senate finance committee to talk about the health care websites and other issues related to implementing the health care law. later, a hearing on hurricane sandy early efforts a year after the storm. witnesses include the fema director eric and health secretary shaun donovan. in the half-hour, live to discuss the industry with a population of less than 8000. considered by some to be the capital of the american oil industry -- oil kingdom. on howhler will testify oil is transported and stored. joined by daniel
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juergen, author of the quest, and why wall street cares about cushing and we will talk about the keys still pipeline. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] >> the area has played a part in the industry since the early 1900s since
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